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Welcome to Teacher Talk, where our authors 'talk' early literacy with teachers. You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as personal stories and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice.

  1. Extending Oral Language, Small Group Kindergarten (Video 7 of 7)

    Small Group reading to extend Oral Language

    Watch as the teacher leads a reading lesson with a small group of kindergarten children.

    The teacher invites each child to look at the pictures in the book and asks the child open questions about the story. Most of all, the teacher prompts the child to use their own words. She also asks the children questions starting with "which" and "where" to encourage the flow of communication. The teacher encourages the children to "add into the thinking", while supporting their ideas and concepts.

    As a result, the child displays a curious interest and communicates their thoughts about the book with the group.

  2. Guided Reading: Synthesizing & Talking About the Pair (Video)

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch as she and her guided reading group of 3rd grade students talk about paired texts AMAZING SALAMANDERS and SALAMANDER SURPRISE, Level N paired texts from the FLYING START TO LITERACY series. FLYING START is available from Okapi Educational Publishing.

     

  3. Flying Start to Literacy Critical Thinking (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett discusses critical thinking and early literacy instruction.

  4. Flying Start to Literacy Guided Reading (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett discusses the role of guided reading in Flying Start to Literacy.

  5. Flying Start to Literacy Getting Started (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett offers advice for getting underway with Flying Start to Literacy.

     

     

  6. Flying Start to Literacy Lesson Plan Walk Through (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett provides a walk-through of the lesson plan cards for Flying Start to Literacy.

     

  7. Flying Start to Literacy Text Types (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett discusses the use of text types in Flying Start to Literacy.

     

  8. Flying Start to Literacy Program Overview (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett provides an overview of Flying Start to Literacy, an early literacy instructional resource from Okapi Educational Publishing.

  9. Modeled Writing During Shared Reading, Kindergarten (Video)

    Model writing during shared reading. Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch in the Kindergarten classroom as she returns to the book for a fourth lesson. LIFT OFF TO LITERACY Using a Shared Reading Approach is available from Okapi Educational Publishing.

  10. Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten (Video)

    Extending oral language development during shared reading. Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch in the Kindergarten classroom as she returns to the book for a sixth lesson (Part 1 of 2). LIFT OFF TO LITERACY Using a Shared Reading Approach is available from Okapi

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